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Learning maps—beyond mind mapping

March 3, 2015
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Learning maps—beyond mind mapping

Learning maps add value to traditional visual mind mapping exercises.  Edynco offers a free version of its mapping software for one teacher account for one group of up to thirty students.  Included are three learning maps, three quizzes, three audio-video recordings, and 100 MB of cloud storage. Distribution of the maps is available on website/blogs,…

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Video screen capture for Chrome

March 3, 2015
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Video screen capture for Chrome

Google’s Chrome browser now can capture video, sound, and webcam images.  There are many screen casting offers available, but the simplicity of this offer makes it a useful tool for recording up to ten minutes of video capture.  Files are stored in Google Drive or on the computer hard disk and can be uploaded to…

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LanguageTool—going beyond spellcheck

February 2, 2015
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LanguageTool—going beyond spellcheck

Good writing skills require constant practice.  Proofreading for spelling and grammar errors takes time, concentration, and a good software program to assist with the work.  The open source Language Tool software goes beyond the automatic correction provided in Microsoft Word.  It can be used online directly or downloaded to LibreOffice, OpenOffice, personal Desktop, and even…

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Social media strategy—Facebook chumming for customers

February 2, 2015
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Social media strategy—Facebook chumming for customers

Capturing customer interest in the noise-infested environment of Facebook pushes the creative department to think like the customer.  Content and the manner in which it is presented continues to be the key to a good campaign.  In his blog posting, Joshua Parkinson suggests that the two main content types are engaging posts and links back…

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Evaluating the competition with GIS tools

November 5, 2014
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Evaluating the competition with GIS tools

SizeUp, in collaboration with GIS Planning Inc., helps the SME conduct market research with tools for benchmarking, mapping competition and identifying best geographical target areas for marketing campaigns.  Free for individual users, the site licenses its technology to the SBA as part of the SBA toolbox.  The data sets used come from a number of…

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Google for Teachers

November 5, 2014
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Google for Teachers

Google offers many services for educational purposes.  With frequent changes in technologies, keeping up with all that is available can be an insurmountable task.  The TeachHUB website brings together resources for educators of all age groups.  The Google for Teachers page covers a number of offers that can be useful in university work.  Search tools,…

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NPR One

October 8, 2014
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NPR One

NPR has its own app for iOS and Android devices.  Six stations worked together to build the customized app: KPCC-Southern California Public Radio; KQED-Public Media for Northern California; Minnesota Public Radio; WBUR-Boston; WHYY-Philadelphia; and WNYC-New York Public Radio.  The user identifies a local NPR station and then, by marking shows of interest, educates the app…

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Social curating Q&A and blogs

October 8, 2014
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Social curating Q&A and blogs

One of the older curating sites, Quora came online in 2010.  Through this website, the user asks and answers questions on any topic, can write a personal blog, and rates others’ answers.  By educating the website on topics of interest, the feed provides more directed content.  Following topics of interest also reduces the information clutter. …

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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

September 1, 2014
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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

Padlet now has a condensed version available as a Chrome browser extension.  This new Padlet Mini makes it easy to bookmark webpages, drop files, videos and links to a central page. This Padlet Mini is shareable with designated collaborators.  While there are some similarities to Pinterest, the collaboration feature makes this a more useful tool…

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Curation on an image

September 1, 2014
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Curation on an image

Thinglink brings images alive with linked information.  This powerful service is free for educators for initial use.  Upload an image, tag and link bookmarked items to areas of the image and then share the results.  Good for visual literacy, information organizing, learning demonstration, and even digital portfolios, Thinglink brings together many of the communication aids…

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